White Hart Lane railway station

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White Hart Lane London Overground
White Hart Lane Station exterior - December 2020.jpg
Station entrance on Love Lane
White Hart Lane is located in Greater London
White Hart Lane
White Hart Lane
Location of White Hart Lane in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Haringey
Managed byLondon Overground
Station codeWHL
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2015–16Increase 1.473 million[1]
2016–17Increase 1.645 million[1]
2017–18Decrease 1.622 million[1]
2018–19Increase 1.806 million[1]
2019–20Increase 2.119 million[1]
Key dates
22 July 1872Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°36′18″N 0°04′16″W / 51.605°N 0.071°W / 51.605; -0.071Coordinates: 51°36′18″N 0°04′16″W / 51.605°N 0.071°W / 51.605; -0.071
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

White Hart Lane is a London Overground station on the Lea Valley lines located in Tottenham of the London Borough of Haringey in North London. It is 7 miles 11 chains (11.5 km) from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Bruce Grove and Silver Street.[2] It is in Travelcard zone 3.

The station is close to Bruce Grove and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the home ground of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.


Victorian-era station building at White Hart Lane

White Hart Lane was originally a stop on the Stoke Newington & Edmonton Railway line (part of Great Eastern Railway) which opened on 22 July 1872.[3] The station was named after the local road on which it is sited – White Hart Lane (the road probably acquired its name in the 17th century but part of it existed earlier as Apeland Street),[4] and it was once the location of a spring called Bishop's Well.[5] The area was semi-rural before the arrival of railway with some villas and other buildings along Tottenham High Road, and the opening of the station drew increasing population to the area, which then developed to become more urban.[6] The line was extended to Enfield, and within a few years 4 trains per hour was running from Liverpool Street to Enfield, more at peak hours, with two reversing at White Hart Lane.[7] It was also linked to Cheshunt in October 1891, initially with services that ran only between White Hart Lane and Cheshunt.[8] In addition to the passenger service, there were also freight facilities on the up side with a refuge siding on the opposite side until 1968.[9][10]

The original station building built in 1872 is a two-storey brick structure. The White Hart Lane football stadium opened in 1899 and the station became a point of arrival for fans attending matches at the stadium. As attendance increased, wide exit doors were provided to cope with the 10,000-strong crowds that passed through the station to the stadium on match days. At its busiest, train were running at intervals of under five minutes, the maximum possible with steam trains. In 1961, after the line had been electrified, trains from Liverpool Street were running at intervals of four minutes at its peak on match days, with additional trains from Hertford East and Bishop's Stortford.[11]

Station entrance beside the road White Hart Lane used from 1978 to 2019

In 1957, a scheme was initiated to raise the railway bridge over the adjoining road White Hart Lane by 2 ft 9 in (84 cm) so that double-decker buses may pass under. This required substantial alterations to the platforms and lifting of the tracks which was completed in 1958.[12] The work was one of the schemes undertaken in preparation for the electrification of the line.[13] In 1962, a new entrance was added at the station for football fans returning after matches.[11]

In 1978, a fire caused some damage to old station, and a new ticket office was built to the north of the original Victorian building. The entrance frontage beside the road of White Hart Lane dates from this period. New staircases were also constructed on both sides of the exteriors of the platforms for passengers' access.[14]

The Provisional IRA planted a small bomb at the station on 1 March 1992, which coincided with a League Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at White Hart Lane.[15] The match was delayed while the device was made safe.[16]

Today, the station and services that call are operated by London Overground, which took over from Abellio Greater Anglia in May 2015. At that time, the station was added to the Tube map.[17][18]


Penshurst Road entrance of White Hart Lane railway station

As part of the Northumberland Development Project to redevelop the White Hart Lane stadium and regenerate the area the station was also selected to be upgraded.[19] This involved the building of a new ticket hall to the south of the original station building on Love Lane to create a better connection with Tottenham High Road, and an additional entrance on Penshurst Road as well as two lifts for step-free access to ease the bottlenecking of fans on match day. There is also additional new cycle parking.[20] The rebuilding was originally scheduled to start in autumn 2017 and finish in spring 2019 but was delayed.[19][21] The new entrance to the station was opened on 26 August 2019.[22]

The station is proposed to be renamed Tottenham Hotspur.[23]

Tottenham Hotspur matches[edit]

On days that see football matches at Tottenham Hotspur's ground nearby the station sees increased usage. A special timetable operates on match days, with trains arriving and departing every two to three minutes before and after the game. There is an increase in the number of trains to and from the line's termini at Cheshunt and Enfield Town, as well as starting and terminating White Hart Lane trains and services to and from Edmonton Green and Liverpool Street.[24] Greater Anglia occasionally serve the station on match days only, similarly to Northumberland Park.

Historically, additional match-day services also connected to the Gospel Oak to Barking Line and to Stratford from Cheshunt.


Platforms at White Hart Lane

Trains are operated by London Overground.

The typical off-peak weekday service pattern from White Hart Lane is:

In peak hours there are additional services to Liverpool Street and Enfield Town. More frequent services operate on match days.


London Buses routes 149, 259, 279, 349, W3 and night route N279 serve the station.[28][29]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Padgett, David (October 2016) [1988]. Brailsford, Martyn (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (4th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. map 10B. ISBN 978-0-9549866-8-1.
  3. ^ Jackson 1978, pp. 26–27.
  4. ^ Donovan, Mike (2017). Glory, Glory Lane. Pitch Publishing. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-78531-326-4.
  5. ^ Burnby, J. (1995). Elizabethan times in Tottenham, Edmonton and Enfield. Edmonton Hundred Historical Society. p. 13. ISBN 9780902922570.
  6. ^ "White Hart Lane, Haringey". Hidden London. 29 May 2016.
  7. ^ Jackson 1978, p. 29.
  8. ^ Jackson 1978, p. 282.
  9. ^ Jackson 1978, p. 28.
  10. ^ Jackson 1978, p. 36.
  11. ^ a b Jackson 1978, p. 35.
  12. ^ "Railway Modernisation Schemes: Liverpool Street to Enfield Town". Civil Engineering and Public Works Review. Vol. 52 no. 618. Lomax Erskine. 1957. p. 1384. OCLC 1554797.
  13. ^ "Civil Engineering Work in Eastern Region". Railway Gazette International. Vol. 108. Reed Business Publishing. 25 April 1958. p. 490.
  14. ^ "White Hart Lane Station Upgrade Planning Application". Haringey Council.
  15. ^ Payne, John (23 September 2014). "Green jumpers will evoke great White Hart Lane memories of Brian Clough as Nottingham Forest face Tottenham Hotspur". Metro Online. London: DMG Media.
  16. ^ Marples, David (2018). The History Boys: Thirty Iconic Goals in the History of Nottingham Forest. Pitch Publishing. ISBN 9781785314636.
  17. ^ "TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services" (Press release). Transport for London. 28 May 2014.
  18. ^ "TfL count on LOROL for support". Rail Professional. 28 May 2014.
  19. ^ a b Prior, Grant (12 July 2017). "Taylor Woodrow wins £18m deal to upgrade White Hart Lane station". Construction Enquirer.
  20. ^ "Taylor Woodrow to rebuild White Hart Lane station". Metro Report International. Sutton: DVV Media Group. 13 July 2017.
  21. ^ Kilpatrick, Dan (12 April 2019). "New Tottenham stadium travel chaos set to rumble on as White Hart Lane station revamp hits delays". Evening Standard. London.
  22. ^ "White Hart Lane station upgrade completed". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  23. ^ Quinn, Ben (24 June 2019). "Public to have say on renaming White Hart Lane station Tottenham Hotspur". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  24. ^ "Trains to White Hart Lane".
  25. ^ "London Liverpool Street to White Hart Lane". Trainline.
  26. ^ "Cheshunt to White Hart Lane". Trainline.
  27. ^ "Enfield Town to White Hart Lane". Trainline.
  28. ^ "White Hart Lane Station (Stop M)". Transport for London. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  29. ^ "White Hart Lane Station (Stop G)". Transport for London. Retrieved 11 October 2020.


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